Ammunition lot numbers and markings must be placed so that they can be read without moving
boxes or climbing on stacks.
At least two inches of dunnage are required for magazine storage.
All items in storage should be packed in approved boxes and stacked on dunnage if not palletized.
Palletized ammunition has its own dunnage supplied by the pallet the ammunition is on. There should
be sufficient aisle space to accommodate forklift trucks or emergency equipment. At least two inches of
dunnage is required for magazine storage.
Ammunition lot numbers and markings must be placed so that they can be read without moving boxes
or climbing on stacks. Ammunition is stacked by lot number with the nomenclature facing up and
outward. Ammunition is always stacked from the back to the front, large lots first.
Loose Rounds and Damaged Containers
Loose rounds of ammunition or single fiber containers with rounds therein will not be stored in
magazines containing ammunition items that are packed according to approved ammunition storage
drawings. They are to be stored in magazines set aside for their exclusive storage. Incomplete boxes
of ammunition and explosives may be stored in magazines containing items that are packed according
to approved ammunition storage drawings provided the ammunition and explosives are in standard
packages. Ammunition and explosives in damaged containers are not stored in a magazine with
ammunition in serviceable containers. Such containers are repaired or the contents transferred to new
or serviceable containers.
Open containers and containers with covers not securely fastened are not allowed in magazines.
Quantity-distance requirements were developed to provide certain levels of protection for nearby
communities, public railroads, highways, and plant facilities from the effects of explosions that might
occur within an ammunition storage area.
When using the term quantity-distance, we are talking about the net explosive weight (NEW) of
ammunition or explosives that may be stored at one location based on the characteristics and hazards
which they present. It also includes how near the storage location may be to buildings and other areas
used by the local people as well as other ammunition or explosive storage sites.
Listed below are some terms and definitions used to describe the different quantity-distance levels of
protection required for each type of operation.
Intraline distance is the minimum distance permitted between any two buildings within one operating
line. See Figures 7 and 8.
Inhabited Building Distance
Inhabited building distance is the minimum distance from the MSA and buildings used by people. This
includes schools, residences, stores, PX (Army exchange), hospitals, to name a few. See Figures 9